Grace Will Lead Me Homeby Robin Givens
Robin Givens may be best known for her abusive marriage to the volatile boxer Mike Tyson and its cataclysmic ending. But in this vividly evoked, intelligent memoir she makes it clear there is much more to her life. She recounts the legacy of life-threatening domestic violence that has haunted her family for three generations and how she has managed to survive, and
Robin Givens may be best known for her abusive marriage to the volatile boxer Mike Tyson and its cataclysmic ending. But in this vividly evoked, intelligent memoir she makes it clear there is much more to her life. She recounts the legacy of life-threatening domestic violence that has haunted her family for three generations and how she has managed to survive, and, ultimately, thrive.
It was Oprah who convinced Robin to tell her story. As an honor student at Sarah Lawrence, she landed a job on the Cosby Show. She was a golden girl; success came instantly. And then she met Mike Tyson, the most powerful man on earth who made her feel safe. For a time. She vividly remembers Mike�s first punch, delivered coldly, dispassionately, and easily tossing her 105-pound frame across the room. As she details in the book he sliced her clothing to ribbons and nearly choked her to death -- yet she remained determined to love him enough to save them both. And at some point, she realized that if he didn�t kill her himself, he would drive her to do it (a taunt he made constantly).
When she left, the campaign of destruction continued. She went from being selected as one of People�s Fifty Most Beautiful People to being vilified in the press. Robin tried to focus on her career, but motherhood provided the clarity she needed. It is through her children, and her stalwart mother and sister, that she has been able to come to terms with her choices, her faith, and ultimately herself. Grace Will Lead Me Home is her extraordinary, yet poignantly universal story.
Robin Givens attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Sarah Lawrence College. A theater, film, and television actress, she was nominated for the Black Reel Award as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Hollywood Wives. She lives with her sons in Florida and California. This is her first book.
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Please!!!! Robin Givens and her mother were horrible gold diggers who took advantage of a man who knew little and was easily influenced and taken advantage of by everyone around her. Mike Tyson wanted love and got this she-devil, instead. He lost everyone in his life he loved and was desperate to replace that emptiness and Robin Givens knew this. What a shame. Mike Tyson may have acted out from being hurt by this woman in a manner that is unnacceptable but nobody wants to make Robin's trifling ass accountable for her part.
I knew Robin Givens from Head of the Class, and from a couple of movies, and I remembered her being in a relationship with Mike Tyson, but I didn't even know half of what had gone on in her life. This is quite eye-opening, and I found myself completely interested in the cycle that kept happening in her family. She begins the book with her grandmother's story, then moves to her mother's story. From there, she moves into her own story. It's an eye-opening example of the cycles that families often repeat over and over and over. She's a product of the Cycle of Abuse that so often repeats itself. This book is not written in a way that trashes the abusers. Each one is given a fresh look, and is given the background to explain how they could end up abusers. In fact, each and every one of the abusers was, in some way, a product of abuse, and continued a cycle they experienced themselves.
Grace Will Lead Me Home was a pretty good read. The women in Robin's family were spiritual, strong and beautiful. They also cherished and married dreadful men. It's peculiar how choosing the wrong man can be inherited. When does the cycle end? I must admit, Robin is quite a woman. I honestly believe that she truly loved Mike. Unfortunately, he wasn't capable of loving himself or anyone else during that bleak period of time. Thankfully, Robin had the will to finally walk away. Mike possessed fame, riches and inner demons. How Robin dealt with Mike's wrath is beyond me. Yet, I appreciate and respect the fact that Robin didn't maliciously "bash" Mike in her memoirs. I'm rating it four stars. Job well done.